Finland women's national football team

The Finland women's national football team, also known as nickname The Boreal Owls (Finnish: Helmarit),[1] represents Finland in international women's football. The team, controlled by the Football Association of Finland (SPL/FBF), reached the semi-finals of the 2005 European Championship, surprising the female football world having drawn with Sweden and beaten Denmark. Finland hosted the 2009 EC finals.[3]

Finland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Helmarit (the Boreal Owls)[1]
AssociationFootball Association
of Finland

(Suomen Palloliitto)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachAnna Signeul
CaptainTinja-Riikka Korpela
Most capsAnna Westerlund (134)
Top scorerLinda Sällström (48)
FIFA codeFIN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 25 Steady (20 August 2021)[2]
Highest14 (September 2005)
Lowest32 (March 2019)
First international
 Finland 0–0 Sweden 
(Mariehamn, Åland Islands 25 August 1973)
Biggest win
 Finland 7–0 Armenia 
(Helsinki, Finland 21 November 2009)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 9–0 Finland 
(Vejen, Denmark 26 July 1975)
European Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2005)
Best resultSemi-finals (2005)

The Finnish team now has a few players that are considered to be among the best in the female football, such as Laura Österberg Kalmari, Sanna Valkonen and Anne Mäkinen.

As of March 2017, the team is ranked 28th in the FIFA world ranking. This is the lowest status since the ranking started in 2003. From 2004 to 2010 the typical ranking was #16.[4]

HistoryEdit

The beginningEdit

The Finland women's national football team played its first international match in 1973 against Sweden. The game was played in Mariehamn, Åland.

Team imageEdit

NicknamesEdit

The Finland women's national football team has been known or nicknamed as the "Helmarit (the Boreal Owls)"[1].

Results and fixturesEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2020Edit

27 October Euro 2022 qualifying Finland   1–0   Scotland Helsinki, Finland
17:15 (18:15 EET)
Report (UEFA) Stadium: Helsinki Football Stadium
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)
1 December Euro 2022 qualifying Scotland   0–1   Finland Edinburgh, Scotland
20:30 (19:30 GMT) Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Easter Road
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary)

2021Edit

19 February Euro 2022 qualifying Finland   1–0   Portugal Helsinki, Finland
17:15 (18:15 EET) Sällström   90+3' Report (UEFA) Stadium: Bolt Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
23 February Euro 2022 qualifying Cyprus   0–5   Finland Larnaca, Cyprus
18:00 (19:00 EET) Report (UEFA)
Stadium: AEK Arena – Georgios Karapatakis
Attendance: 0
Referee: Rebecca Welch (England)
11 April Friendly Austria   2–2   Finland Ritzing, Austria
13:30
Report (SW)
Stadium: Sonnenseestadion
Referee: Eszter Urban (Hungary)
11 June Friendly Finland   2–2   Poland San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain
Report (SW)
Stadium: Pinatar Arena Football Center
14 June Friendly Finland   0–1   Russia Cartagena, Spain
Report (SW)
Stadium: Estadio Municipal Cartaagonova
Referee: Mirium Matulova
21 September 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group A Finland   2–1   Slovakia Turku
17:15 (18:15 EEST)
Report
Stadium: Veritas Stadion
Referee: Marta Frias Acedo (Spain)

Coaching staffEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

As of February 2021

Manager historyEdit

As of 20 February 2021
Tenure Coach Record
G W D L Win %
1973–77   Juhani Nirkkonen 12 1 1 10 008.33
1978   Simo Syrjävaara 3 1 1 1 033.33
1979–89   Kaj Österberg 44 13 12 19 029.55
1989–92   Jyrki Nieminen 24 3 4 17 012.50
1993–96   Nils Suomalainen 24 4 5 15 016.67
1996–00   Reima Kokko 46 11 3 32 023.91
2001–09   Michael Käld 107 35 22 50 032.71
2010–16   Andrée Jeglertz 76 27 13 36 035.53
2017   Marko Saloranta 6 2 0 4 033.33
2017–   Anna Signeul 12 4 4 4 033.33

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the match against Portugal and Cyprus on 19 and 23 February 2021 respectively.[5]

Caps and goals accurate up to 27 October 2020.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Paula Myllyoja (1984-05-20) 20 May 1984 (age 37) 2 0   Pink Bari
12 1GK Anna Tamminen (1994-10-30) 30 October 1994 (age 26) 5 0   Hammarby IF
23 1GK Tinja-Riikka Korpela (1986-05-05) 5 May 1986 (age 35) 91 0   Everton

2 2DF Elli Pikkujämsä (1999-10-24) 24 October 1999 (age 21) 2 0   KIF Örebro
3 2DF Tuija Hyyrynen (1988-03-10) 10 March 1988 (age 33) 109 2   Juventus
5 2DF Emma Koivisto (1994-09-25) 25 September 1994 (age 27) 54 2   Brighton & Hove Albion
6 2DF Anna Auvinen (1987-03-02) 2 March 1987 (age 34) 16 0   Inter Milan
15 2DF Natalia Kuikka (1995-12-01) 1 December 1995 (age 25) 51 3   Portland Thorns
16 2DF Anna Westerlund (1989-04-09) 9 April 1989 (age 32) 127 4   Åland United
2DF Eva Nyström (1999-11-29) 29 November 1999 (age 21) 0 0   Hammarby IF

4 3MF Ria Öling (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 27) 39 6   Rosengård
8 3MF Olga Ahtinen (1997-08-15) 15 August 1997 (age 24) 30 3   Linköpings
10 3MF Emmi Alanen (1991-04-30) 30 April 1991 (age 30) 76 19   Växjö
11 3MF Nora Heroum (1994-07-20) 20 July 1994 (age 27) 72 1   Brighton & Hove Albion
19 3MF Kaisa Collin (1997-04-16) 16 April 1997 (age 24) 21 2   Eskilstuna United
20 3MF Eveliina Summanen (1998-05-29) 29 May 1998 (age 23) 20 2   Kristianstad
21 3MF Iina Salmi (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 27) 11 1   Valencia
3MF Julia Tunturi (1996-04-25) 25 April 1996 (age 25) 25 0   Vittsjö

7 4FW Adelina Engman (1994-10-11) 11 October 1994 (age 27) 68 7   Montpellier
9 4FW Juliette Kemppi (1994-05-14) 14 May 1994 (age 27) 52 4   London City Lionesses
13 4FW Jenny Danielsson (1994-08-30) 30 August 1994 (age 27) 26 6   AIK
14 4FW Amanda Rantanen (1999-05-11) 11 May 1999 (age 22) 1 1   PK-35
17 4FW Sanni Franssi (1995-03-19) 19 March 1995 (age 26) 38 2   Real Sociedad
18 4FW Linda Sällström (1988-07-13) 13 July 1988 (age 33) 103 46   Paris FC
22 4FW Jutta Rantala (1999-11-11) 11 November 1999 (age 21) 1 1   Kristianstad

Recent call upsEdit

The following players have been called up to the squad in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Milla-Maj Majasaari (1999-10-15) 15 October 1999 (age 22) 0 0   AIK v.   Scotland on 27 October 2020


MF Essi Sainio (1986-09-09) 9 September 1986 (age 35) 48 3   HJK v.   Scotland on 27 October 2020

CaptainsEdit

RecordsEdit

*Active players in bold, statistics correct as of 15 June 2021.